Monday, 26 April 2010

Villar mom comes out to defend son

Maila Ager
Inquirer
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20100426-266548/Villars-mother-comes-out-to-defend-poor-son

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) An emotional mother of presidential candidate Senator Manny Villar came out in public for the first time Monday to defend her son against allegations that he was a liar, especially on his claims that he came from a poor family.

When asked why she decided to face the media, Curita “Nanay Curing” Villar broke into tears, saying, "Kasi aping-api na ‘yung anak ko e [My son is being persecuted]."

Asked how she knew that her son was being criticized, she said, "Kasi nababasa sa dyaryo e. Nasasaktan din mga katapid niya. Minsan kinuwento sa akin, nasasaktan din naman ang mga kapatid niya [They read it in the newspapers. His siblings are also hurt, I am told that his siblings are also hurt]."

Nanay Curing, 86, has been blind since 2007.

"Diyos ko kayo na lang po ang bahala [My God, I leave it up to you],” she said in between tears. "Mahal na Birhen ikaw na ang tumestigo sa aking mga anak...kayo na po ang magtanggol sa mga anak ko [Virgin Mary, you be the witness for my children… please defend them]."

"Kawawa naman po siya. Nagtiis na nga po ako ng hirap, naapi na ako sa palengke pati ba naman ang anak ko? Pati ba naman ang anak ko, naapi pa ngayon? [My poor son. We endured poverty. I was oppressed in the public market and now even my son? Even my son is being maltreated now]." she said.

"Akala nyo ba di ako nasasaktan dun sa pinagsasabi sa anak ko? Halos ikamatay ko na. Halos ikamatay ko na [You think I don’t get hurt with what is said about my son? It almost killed me. It almost killed me]," Nanay Curing as she broke down again.

It was at this point when the senators' sisters – Gloria, Lourdes, Cecille and Vicky – stopped the interview.

While Lourdes was being interviewed after the press conference, Gloria lost her temper when a reporter asked the reason for the briefing, saying that this might be misconstrued that the mother was being used by Villar in his campaign.

"Patay na kanyang ina, sinasama pa...Buti nga nanay ko nakakapagtanggol pa sa kapatid ko. ‘Yung ina nila patay na ginamit pa nila di ba? [Their mother is dead but they still include her… Our mother is still alive so she can defend my brother. Their mother is dead but they still use her)" said Gloria, who was apparently referring to Villar's rival, Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and his late mother, former President Corazon Aquino.

"Sino ba ang unang nanggamit? Hindi ba lahat ng posters niya? Andun ang nanay at tatay niya, so kami ngayon lang kami lumilitaw kasi sobra na, personal na [Who used their mother first? Didn’t they put their mother and father on all their posters? We came out just now because it’s all too much, it’s getting personal]," she lamented.

"Bago nila kami tapunan ng putik, tingnan muna nila yung mga putik sa mukha... Hindi kami nanggagamit ng aming magulang, sumasagot lang kami sa kanila. Sila ang nauna [Before they hurl mud at us, they should look at the mud on their own faces. We don’t use our parents, we are only answering them. They did it first]," she further said.

Gloria also criticized television networks ABS-CBN, GMA7, and other media practitioners for allegedly being unfair to her brother.

She specifically pointed to GMA7 personalities Arnold Clavio and Winnie Monsod.

"Bigyan niyo naman ng tsansa kapatid ko. Alamin niyo naman ang katotohanan bago kayo magsalita. Yang ABS-CBN na ‘yan masyadong unfair sa kapatid ko yan, Channel 7 very unfair sa kapatid ko...[Give my brother a chance. Find out the truth first before you start talking. ABS-CBN and Channel 7 have been very unfair to my brother],"she said.

"Masyado kayong unfair, you media people, you are unfair. Yang si Clavio na yan si Monsod na yan, my God, ‘di nila kami kilala para sabihin yan [You are so unfair, you media people, you are unfair. Clavio and Monsod, My God, they don’t know us for them to be able to say those things against us]," she said.

"Yang Channel 2 na yan kung apihin yang kapatid ko sa media, kung bigyan ng airtime ang kapatid ko, hindi makapagtanggol ang kapatid ko sa mga sinasabi ng kalaban e. Ang airtime ng mga kalaban napakatagal, ang kapatid ko pinapasasdahan lang nila ang mukha [Channel 2, they mistreat my brother through media. They don’t give him enough airtime to defend himself against the accusations of his opponents. The other camp’s airtime is so long while they only show my brother’s face in passing]," she further said.

Instead of mudslinging, Gloria said presidential candidates should focus on track-records and accomplishments

After calming down, Nanay Curing again talked to the media and even rendered a song for them.

She gave a few lines of the song "Stardust," which Gloria said her mother would sing with the senator during family gatherings.

Nanay Curing ended her interview with one appeal to the media, "Pakiusap ko lang, pakiusap ko lang, maniwala kayo sa kanya [Villar]. Galing sa puso niya ang kanyang itutulong. Di po paimbaaw. Maawa po kayo sa amin. Mahirap man kami, mayroon kaming pusong maawain. Maawa po kayo sa anak ko [My only request is for you to believe in him. He will help from the bottom of his heart. Have pity on us. We may be poor but we have merciful hearts. Have pity on my son]."

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